Politics

2019 55¢ George H.W. Bush
June 12, 1924

Birth of George H.W. Bush

George Herbert Walker Bush was born on June 12, 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts. As America’s 41st president, he led the US through conflicts in Panama and Iraq, helped bring about the end of the Soviet Union, and negotiated treaties to reduce the number of global nuclear weapons. At home, Bush fought against rising drug use and cracked down on the drug trade.

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1991 52¢ Great Americans: Hubert H. Humphrey
May 27, 1911

Birth of Hubert Humphrey

Hubert Horatio Humphrey Jr. was born on May 27, 1911, in Wallace, South Dakota. He was a leading political figure in the mid-1900s, promoting the Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act, and more.

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1939 3¢ Inauguration of Washington Sesquicentennial
April 30, 1789

America’s First Presidential Inauguration

On April 30, 1789, George Washington was inaugurated as America’s first president.  It was a day filled with celebration and established many traditions still in use today.

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1925 10¢ Monroe, orange
April 28, 1758

Birth of James Monroe 

James Monroe was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, on April 28, 1758, to successful plantation owners.  America’s fifth president, Monroe presided over the “Era of Good Feelings” and issued the Monroe Doctrine, a policy that was invoked by presidents well into the 20th century.

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1962 4¢ Charles Evans Hughes
April 11, 1862

Birth of Charles Evans Hughes 

Charles Evans Hughes was born on April 11, 1862, in Glens Falls, New York.  As governor of New York he fought political corruption.  He also served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court for 11 years, during the Great Depression and Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal.

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1939 4 1/2¢ White House, dark gray
March 4, 1849

President for a Day?

On March 4, 1849, was David Atchison President of the United States for 24 hours? As President Pro-Tempore of the Senate, he was arguably the highest-ranking US official…

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1983 4¢ Carl Schurz
March 2, 1829

Birth of Carl Schurz 

Carl Christian Schurz was born on March 2, 1829, in Liblar, Prussia, Germany (present-day Erftstadt).  Schurz commanded forces during the Civil War, reformed the Civil Service and was a vocal proponent of forest preservation.

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1986 5¢ Great Americans: Hugo L. Black
February 27, 1886

Birth of Hugo Black

Hugo Lafayette Black was born on February 27, 1886, in Harlan, Alabama. He’s the fifth longest-serving US Supreme Court justice and historians state he was second only to John Marshall in his impact on the Constitution.

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1992 75¢ Great Americans: Wendell Willkie
February 18, 1892

Birth of Wendell Willkie

Willkie was born Lewis Wendell Willkie on February 18, 1892, in Elwood, Indiana. He switched political parties to run against Franklin Roosevelt in the 1940 presidential election, but later worked with Roosevelt to promote US interests during World War II.

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